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Level A Courses

First-Year Seminars

All first-year seminars offered by the department are designed to provide an introduction to a particular aspect of government and legal studies. Students are encouraged to analyze and discuss important political concepts and issues, while developing research and writing skills.

Registration is limited to sixteen first-year students in each first-year seminar. For descriptions, see First-Year Seminars, pages 159–172.

1001 {25} b. Representation, Participation, and Power in American Politics. Fall 2014. Janet M. Martin.

1002 {27} b. Political Leadership. Fall 2014. Andrew C. Rudalevige.

1011 {26} b. Fundamental Questions: Exercises in Political Theory. Fall 2014. Jean M. Yarbrough.

1012 {28} b. Human Being and Citizen. Fall 2014. Paul N. Franco.

1025 {18} b. NGOs in Politics. Fall 2014. Laura A. Henry.

1026 {20} b. Global Media and Politics. Fall 2014. Henry C. W. Laurence. (Same as Asian Studies 1046 {20}.)

[1030 {10} b. The Pursuit of Peace.]

1031 b. Weapons of the Weak. Fall 2014. Barbara Elias.

[1037 {11} b. The Korean War.]

Introductory Lectures

These courses are intended for first-year students and sophomores. Others may take them only with the permission of the instructor.

1100 {150} b. Introduction to American Government. Fall 2014. Jeffrey S. Selinger.

Provides a comprehensive overview of the American political process. Specifically, traces the foundations of American government (the Constitution, federalism, civil rights, and civil liberties), its political institutions (Congress, Presidency, courts, and bureaucracy), and its electoral processes (elections, voting, and political parties). Also examines other influences, such as public opinion and the mass media, which fall outside the traditional institutional boundaries, but have an increasingly large effect on political outcomes.

1400 {120} b. Introduction to Comparative Government. Fall 2014. Sarah Y. T. Mak.

Provides a broad introduction to key concepts in comparative politics. Most generally, asks why states are governed differently, both historically and in contemporary politics. Begins by examining foundational texts, including works by Marx, Smith, and Weber. Surveys subfields within comparative politics (the state, regime types, nations and nationalism, party systems, development, and civil society) to familiarize students with major debates and questions.

1600 {160} b. Introduction to International Relations. Spring 2015. Alana Tiemessen.

Provides a broad introduction to the study of international relations (IR). Designed to strike a balance between empirical and historical knowledge and the obligatory theoretical understanding and schools of thought in IR. Designed as an introductory course to familiarize students with no prior background in the subject and recommended for first- and second-year students intending to take upper-level international relations courses.

Level B Courses

Level B courses are designed to introduce students to or extend their knowledge of a particular aspect of government and legal studies. The courses range from the more introductory to the more advanced. Students should consult the individual course descriptions regarding any prerequisites.

[2000 {201} b. Law and Society.]

2001 b. Watergate and American Politics. Spring 2015. Andrew C. Rudalevige.

The “third-rate burglary” at the Watergate complex in 1972 ultimately revealed broad abuses of presidential power, led to the resignation of the president, and lent a suffix to a wide range of future scandals. Examines both Watergate itself and what it wrought in American politics. Topics include the relationship between the executive and legislative branches in areas ranging from budgetary policy to the war power; the role of the press; governmental ethics, investigations, and impeachment; and Watergate’s place in popular and political culture.

2005 {202} b. The American Presidency. Fall 2014. Andrew C. Rudalevige. Spring 2015. Janet M. Martin.

An examination of the presidency in the American political system, including the “road to the White House” (party nomination process and role of the electoral college), advisory systems, the institutional presidency, relations with Congress and the courts, and decision making in the White House. In addition, the instructors draw from their own research interests. For Professor Martin these include presidential-congressional relations, the unilateral action of the President, the role of women as advisors within the White House and in the executive branch, and the influence of outside groups on the White House’s consideration of issues. For Professor Rudalevige these include presidents’ inter-branch relations, with a recent emphasis on presidential efforts to manage the wider executive branch through administrative and unilateral tactics.

2010 {204} b. United States Congress. Fall 2014. Janet M. Martin.

An examination of the United States Congress, with a focus on members, leaders, constituent relations, the congressional role in the policy-making process, congressional procedures and their impact on policy outcomes, the budget process, and executive-congressional relations.

[2015 {215} b. Public Administration.]

2020 {210} b. Constitutional Law I. Fall 2014. Richard E. Morgan.

Examines the development of American constitutionalism, the power of judicial review, federalism, and separation of powers.

2021 {211} b. Constitutional Law II: Civil Rights and Liberties. Spring 2015. Richard E. Morgan.

Examines questions arising under the First and Fourteenth Amendments.

Prerequisite: Government 2020 {210}.

2030 {206} b. Political Science and Policy History in the United States. Spring 2015. Jeffrey S. Selinger.

How have the institutions of government crafted by the American founders shaped the basic contours of the policy process? How has the policy process changed as the structure of the American political system itself has changed over time? Addresses these questions, introducing students to concepts and tools that political scientists use as they try to untangle complex patterns of policy development. Assigned readings trace the historical lineage of policies affecting health care, retirement, immigration, and other critical areas of public concern. Through analysis of these substantive policy matters, examines how and to what extent policy choices made in the past have shaped the horizon of options available to policymakers today.

2035 {216} b. Maine Politics. Fall 2014. Christian P. Potholm.

An analysis of politics in the state of Maine since World War II. Subjects covered include the dynamics of Republican and Democratic rivalries and the efficacy of the Independent voter, the rise of the Green and Reform parties, the growing importance of ballot measure initiatives, and the interaction of ethnicity and politics in the Pine Tree State. An analysis of key precincts and Maine voting paradigms is included, as well as a look at the efficacy of such phenomena as the north/south geographic split, the environmental movement, and the impact of such interest groups as SAM, the Tea Party, and the Roman Catholic Church. Students are expected to follow contemporary political events on a regular basis.

2051 b - ESD. Race, Citizenship, and Political Behavior. Fall 2014. Cory Charles Gooding.

Analyzes the ability of race and ethnicity to restrict access to citizenship rights and produce dynamic forms of political behavior that range from micro- to macro-politics. The course considers the traditional forms of political behavior (e.g., voting) as well as those that function outside of the traditional institutions of governmental influence. Specific forms of political behavior discussed include “foot-dragging” (failure to act with the necessary promptness), sports, music, protests, and voting. (Same as Africana Studies 2051.)

2052 b - ESD. Race, Ethnicity, and Politics. Spring 2015. Cory Charles Gooding.

Examines the impact of race and ethnicity on American politics. Students study differences in political behavior (e.g., levels of activism and group consciousness) and political outcomes (e.g., in education and criminal justice) across racial and ethnic groups, including Native Americans, Black Americans, Latinos, Asian Americans, and White Americans. The focus on group identities is a major feature. How do racial and ethnic group identities form, and how are they sustained? Discusses this in both the historical and contemporary sense. These questions inform discussions about the impact of group identities on political outcomes. Is a strong racial or ethnic identification a key driver of political behavior? Why and to what effect? (Same as Africana Studies 2052.)

2060 {205} b. Campaigns and Elections. Fall 2014. Michael M. Franz.

Addresses current theories and controversies concerning political campaigns and elections in the United States. Uses concepts from the political science literature on elections to explore general trends in electoral choice at the legislative and presidential level. Students expected to follow journalistic accounts of the fall campaigns closely. A second set of readings introduces political science literature on campaigns and elections. These readings touch upon a wide range of themes, including voting behavior (e.g., economic voting and issue voting), campaign finance, media strategy, the role of incumbency, presidential primaries, the Electoral College, and trends in partisan realignment.

[2070 {208} b. Mass Media and American Politics.]

2080 {255} b - MCSR. Quantitative Analysis in Political Science. Spring 2015.
Michael M. Franz.

Examines the use of quantitative methods to study political phenomena. Discusses the nature of empirical thinking and how principles used for years by natural scientists, such as causation and control, have been adopted by social scientists. Introduces what these methods are and how they might be useful in political research and applies these methods, with particular emphasis on the use of survey data. Using quantitative methods, employs statistical computing software as a research tool, with a focus on effective presentation of data and results. May be useful to those considering a senior honors project.

2200 {240} b. Classical Political Philosophy. Fall 2014. Jean M. Yarbrough.

A survey of classical political philosophy focusing on selected dialogues of Plato, the political writings of Aristotle, and St. Augustine’s City of God. Examines ancient Greek and early Christian reflections on human nature, justice, the best regime, the relationship of the individual to the political community, the relationship of philosophy to politics, and the tension between reason and revelation.

2210 {241} b. Modern Political Philosophy. Spring 2015. Paul N. Franco.

A survey of modern political philosophy from Machiavelli to Mill. Examines the overthrow of the classical horizon, the movement of human will and freedom to the center of political thought, the idea of the social contract, the origin and meaning of rights, the relationship between freedom and equality, the role of democracy, and the replacement of nature by history as the source of human meaning. Authors may include Machiavelli, Hobbes, Locke, Hume, Rousseau, Kant, Hegel, and Mill.

[2220 {244} b. Liberalism and Its Critics.]

2230 {250} b. American Political Thought. Spring 2015. Jean M. Yarbrough.

Examines the political thought of American statesmen and writers from the Founding to the twentieth century, with special emphasis on three pivotal moments: the Founding, the Crisis of the House Divided, and the growth of the modern welfare state. Readings include the Federalist Papers, the Anti-Federalists, Jefferson and Hamilton, Calhoun, Lincoln, William Graham Sumner, the Progressives, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and contemporary thinkers on both the right and the left.

2270 {246} b. Religion and Politics. Fall 2014. Paul N. Franco.

Examines the relationship between religion and politics—the so-called theological-political question—primarily in modern Europe and America. Focuses first on the tension between and eventual separation of church and state in the early modern period; then considers the implications and complications of this historic separation, looking at recent Supreme Court cases, as well as contemporary discussion of the relationship between religion and politics. Comparisons with the treatment of this issue in the Islamic world are made. Authors include Machiavelli, Luther, Calvin, Spinoza, Locke, Jefferson, Madison, Tocqueville, as well as a variety of contemporary and Islamic writers.

2280 {249} b. Eros and Politics. Spring 2015. Jean M. Yarbrough.

What and whom do we love? Do we seek “another self” or someone to complement our natures? Is there something other than human beings that we love? The Good, God, or some other principle? How do the answers to these questions affect our views of politics and justice? Readings include Plato’s Symposium; the Bible; Shakespeare; Rousseau’s Emile; Tocqueville; and contemporary thinkers.

[2400 {224} b. West European Politics.]

2405 b. British Politics and Society. Spring 2015. Henry C. W. Laurence.

Comprehensive overview of modern British politics in historical, social, and cultural context. Considers the historical formation of the United Kingdom and the development of the modern democratic state, but focuses on political developments after 1945. Analyzes party politics, the Welfare State, Thatcherism, and the contemporary political scene. Explores policy issues including healthcare, education, economic policy, and the role of the media.

2410 {230} b. Post-Communist Russian Politics and Society. Fall 2014. Laura A. Henry.

Explores the most dramatic political event of the twentieth century: the collapse of Soviet communism and Russia’s subsequent political development. Begins by examining the Soviet system and the political and social upheaval of the late Soviet period. Proceeds to investigate the challenges of contemporary Russian politics, including the semi-authoritarian regime, the challenges of sustainable economic growth and modernization, the demographic crisis, the loss of superpower status, and the search for a role in international politics. Comparisons made with other countries in the post-Communist region.

2440 {227} b - IP. Contemporary Chinese Politics. Spring 2015. Sarah Y. T. Mak.

Examines the history and politics of China in the context of a prolonged revolution. Begins by examining the end of imperial rule, the development of Modern China, socialist transformations, and the establishment of the PRC. After a survey of the political system as established in the 1950s and patterns of politics emerging from it, the analytic focus turns to political change in the reform era (since 1979) and the forces driving it. The adaptation by the Communist Party to these changes and the prospects of democratization are also examined. Topics include political participation and civil society, urban and rural China, gender in China, and the effects of post-Mao economic reform. (Same as Asian Studies 2060 {227}.)

2441 b. Asian Cities and Globalization. Spring 2015. Sarah Y. T. Mak.

Introduces the concept and phenomenon of globalization and its relationship to the global city. Examines how historical, social, cultural, and political change takes shape in Asian cities, along with their importance as spaces of global information and capital and technological linkages. Studies how cities are created and imagined in public and official discourse. Readings draw from political science, but also cover urban studies, global studies, anthropology, sociology, geography, and cultural studies. Topics include migration and immigration, development, gentrification, the environment, civil society and popular protests, and labor. (Same as Asian Studies 2870.)

2445 {286} b - IP. Asian Communism: The Politics of China, Vietnam, North Korea, and Mongolia. Spring 2016. Christopher Heurlin.

Examines Asian communism in China, Vietnam, North Korea, and Mongolia. Asian communism presents a series of fascinating questions. Why did communist revolutions occur in some Asian states but not others? Why were relations between some Asian communist states peaceful while others were hostile? Why did some adopt significant economic reforms while others maintained command economies? Why did communist regimes persist in most Asian states, while Communism fell in Mongolia and all of Europe? The approach of the course is explicitly comparative and structured around thematic comparisons between the four states. (Same as Asian Studies 2860 {280}.)]

2450 {232} b - ESD, IP. Japanese Politics and Society. Fall 2014 and Fall 2015. Henry C. W. Laurence.

Comprehensive overview of modern Japanese politics in historical, social, and cultural context. Analyzes the electoral dominance of the Liberal Democratic Party, the nature of democratic politics, and the rise and fall of the economy. Other topics include the status of women and ethnic minorities, education, war guilt, nationalism, and the role of the media. (Same as Asian Studies 2320 {282}.)

2481 b. Nationalism. Fall 2014. Sarah Y. T. Mak.

The terms nation and nationalism are used in different disciplines within the social sciences and humanities. They are also terms often used in the news and popular media. Examines what these terms mean and how they might relate to us. What is a nation? How do nations come about? How does one identify with that nation? Introduces theoretical canonical texts from the field of nationalism studies and other interdisciplinary scholarship on the topic. With this theoretical background, students should be able to think critically about the political motivations and work behind nationalist movements and nation-building projects.

2484 {235} b - IP. Comparative Environmental Politics. Spring 2015. Laura A. Henry.

Examines environmental politics from a comparative perspective, drawing on case material from the United States, Europe, Latin America, Africa, and Asia. Asks why, despite the fact that many contemporary environmental problems are shared globally, states develop different environmental policies. Readings cover issues ranging from forest conservation to climate policy and consider explanatory factors such as type of political regime, level of economic development, activism by citizens, and culture and values. (Same as Environmental Studies 2306 {236}.)

[2486 {231} b - IP. The Politics of Dictatorship: Authoritarian Resilience and Democratization.]

[2500 {225} b - IP. The Politics of the European Union.]

2530 {222} b - IP. Politics and Societies in Africa. Fall 2014. Ericka A. Albaugh.

Surveys societies and politics in sub-Saharan Africa, seeking to understand the sources of current conditions and the prospects for political stability and economic growth. Looks briefly at pre-colonial society and colonial influence on state-construction in Africa and concentrates on three broad phases in Africa’s contemporary political development: independence and consolidation of authoritarian rule; economic decline and challenges to authoritarianism; democratization and civil conflict. Presumes no prior knowledge of the region. (Same as Africana Studies 2530 {222}.)

2531 b. The Politics of International Justice. Spring 2015. Alana Tiemessen.

Addresses issues of accountability for atrocities and human rights violations and as well as the political dynamics of international justice. By bridging the field of international relations with international law and comparative politics, students gain an understanding of the globalization of the rule of law and post-conflict societal transitions from violence to peace. Topics include an introduction to concepts of justice and reconciliation, international tribunals and the International Criminal Court, truth commissions, and local “traditional” justice. Case studies are global in scope, but with a sustained focus on Africa.

2545 {234} b - IP. Politics in East Asia. Spring 2016. Henry C. W. Laurence.

A broad survey of political systems across East Asia, including China, Japan, and North and South Korea. Central topics include twentieth-century political development, democratization, human rights, and the political roles of women. Also examines current international relations in the region. (Same as Asian Studies 2821 {234}.)

2570 {220} b. The Politics of Development: Poverty, Prosperity, and Political Change. Fall 2014. Ericka A. Albaugh.

Examines the meaning of development from economic and political perspectives. Considers various theories and practices of development that have been applied to newly independent states in Asia, Latin America, and Africa. Investigates why trajectories of economic growth and political stability have been so uneven in different regions of the world. Incorporates views from both external and internal actors on issues such as foreign aid, multilateral institutions, good governance, and democratic participation.

2571 b. Failed States. Fall 2014. Alana Tiemessen.

Addresses theories and empirical realities of state weakness and failure. The first set of topics covers the defining characteristics of statehood and state failure in the international community. The second set of topics addresses patterns of internal disorder within failed states, specifically civil war and violent non-state actors. The third topic addresses the perceived and potential transnational threats that stem from state collapse, specifically terrorism. The final topic covers the responses and responsibility of the international community to both confront threats and strengthen state-society relations in weak and failed states.

[2572 {237} b - ESD. The Politics of Ethnicity: Construction and Mobilization of Ethnic Identity Claims.]

2573 {285} b - IP. States of Languages and Languages of States. Spring 2015.
Ericka A. Albaugh.

Examines the role of language in politics. Governments historically have tried to spread a single language within their populations through education and military conscription. What are the roots of this motivation? Does language standardization deepen the possibility for citizen participation and democracy? How have minority language groups responded? As the right to language has become a global norm, what effects will this have on the cohesiveness of existing states? Will globalization bring with it linguistic fragmentation or the worldwide spread of a few languages such as English, Arabic, and Chinese? Looks at the language question in the United States as well as in cases drawn from Europe, Asia, and Africa. Students choose a country in which to evaluate the historical and present state of languages and language(s) of state. Topics touched by language include democracy, state-building, colonization, violence, education, human rights, and globalization.

[2574 {275} b. Rioters, Rebels, and Revolutionaries: Contentious Politics.]

[2580 {233} b. Advanced Comparative Politics: Government, War, and Society.]

2600 {260} b. International Law. Spring 2015. Allen L. Springer.

The modern state system, the role of law in its operation, the principles and practices that have developed, and the problems involved in their application.

[2615 {263} b. International Environmental Policy. (Same as Environmental Studies 2308 {263}.)]

2620 b. Global Governance of Crises: Inequality and Insecurity. Fall 2014. Alana Tiemessen.

Addresses the causes of various global crises, how the international community responds to them, and their impact on international politics and human life. Types of crises include those broadly related to international inequality and insecurity, specifically case study topics of poverty, famine, threats from failed states, human security, and “culture clashes.” Beyond an introduction to global governance issues and concepts, analysis of each crisis entails a review of scholarly analysis on the causes and policy debates of crises and critical assessment of various organizations and actors that are involved.

2670 {270} b. United States Foreign Policy. Fall 2014. Barbara Elias.

Examines the development and conduct of United States foreign policy. Analyzes the impact of intragovernmental rivalries, the media, public opinion, and interest groups on the policy-making process, and provides case studies of contemporary foreign policy issues.

2680 {261} b - IP. International Security. Spring 2015. Barbara Elias.

National security is a principal interest for states, but what exactly does that mean in international political life, and for the security of ordinary people like us? What strategic options are available to decision makers tasked with protecting national security? How much do national security polices reflect coherent planning, and how much are policies the product of competing international, economic, and technological constraints, or domestic political interests? Analyzing the strategy and politics of diplomacy, alliances, threats, aid, and war, aims to provide an overview of security studies within the field of international relations.

[2689 {269} b - IP. Environmental Security. (Same as Environmental Studies 2369 {269}.)]

2690 b – IP. Islam and Politics. Spring 2015. Barbara Elias.

Analyzing the intersection of politics and multiple expressions of Islam in both state governments and transnational movements, studies Islam as a social, ethical, and political force in the modern era. Offers a basic introduction to Muslim history and the Islamic religion, explores various Islamic social and political movements, analyzes contending understandings of the interaction between politics and Islam, as well as investigating the tensions between the Islamic and western political traditions, including democracy and Islam. Relying on texts from influential revolutionaries such as Qutb and Khomeini as well as perspectives on political Islam from academic scholars, explores the heart of politics, society, and religion in the modern Muslim world.

2940 {219} c. Education and Law. Fall 2014. George S. Isaacson.

A study of the impact of the American legal system on the functioning of schools in the United States through an examination of Supreme Court decisions and federal legislation. Analyzes the public policy considerations that underlie court decisions in the field of education and considers how those judicial interests may differ from the concerns of school boards, administrators, and teachers. Issues discussed include constitutional and statutory developments affecting schools in such areas as free speech, sex discrimination, religious objections to compulsory education, race relations, teachers’ rights, school financing, and education of the handicapped. (Same as Education 2250 {250}.)

2970–2974 {291–294} b. Intermediate Independent Study in Government and Legal Studies: American Politics. The Department.

2975–2979 {291–294} b. Intermediate Independent Study in Government and Legal Studies: Political Theory. The Department.

2980–2984 {291–294} b. Intermediate Independent Study in Government and Legal Studies: Comparative Politics. The Department.

2985–2989 {291–294} b. Intermediate Independent Study in Government and Legal Studies: International Relations. The Department.

2999 {299} b. Intermediate Collaborative Study in Government and Legal Studies. The Department.

Level C Courses

Level C courses provide seniors and juniors with appropriate background the opportunity to do advanced work within a specific subfield. Registration is limited to fifteen students in each seminar. Priority is given to senior majors, then junior majors. These courses are not open to first-year students.

[3000 {303} b. The Law and Politics of Freedom of Speech.]

3010 {304} b. Advanced Seminar in American Politics: Presidential-Congressional Relations. Spring 2015. Janet M. Martin.

Examines presidential-congressional relations through a number of perspectives, including use of historical, quantitative, and institutional analyses. Readings consider the relationship between the executive branch and Congress in both the domestic arena (including regulatory and budgetary policy) and in the area of foreign and defense policy.

3020 {308} b. Money and Politics. Spring 2015. Michael M. Franz.

Considers the historical and contemporary relationship between money and government. In what ways have moneyed interests always had distinctive influences on American politics? Does this threaten the vibrancy of our representative democracy? Are recent controversies over campaign finance reform and lobbying reform signs that American government is in trouble? Reading, writing, and discussion intensive, considers the large academic literature on this subject, as well as the reflections of journalists and political practitioners, with the overall goal of understanding the money/politics relationship in ways that facilitate the evaluation of American democracy.

3025 b. The Politics of Policy Implementation. Spring 2015. Andrew C. Rudalevige.

What happens after a bill becomes a law? During implementation, the separated system of American governance comes into sharp relief across the branches of government and across three (or more) levels of government as well. Examines how the wide range of institutional players involved—from legislators to regulators to chief executives to judges to front-line service providers—act and interact. Uses case studies (e.g., entitlement reform, education policy, intelligence reorganization, health care) to evaluate competing theoretical frameworks.

Prerequisite: Government 1100 {150} or any Level B course from the American Politics Concentration (Government 2000–2099).

[3030 {309} b. American Political Development.]

[3200 {341} b. Advanced Seminar in Political Theory: Tocqueville.]

3210 {342} b. Advanced Seminar in Political Theory: Jean-Jacques Rousseau. Spring 2015. Paul N. Franco.

An examination of the multifaceted and revolutionary thought of Jean-Jacques Rousseau, including his critique of the Enlightenment, his rejection of classical liberalism, his defense of democracy, his relationship to the French Revolution, his contribution to Romanticism, and his views on freedom, equality, education, religion, art, economics, the family, love, and the self.

Prerequisite: One course numbered 1010-1016 or 2200-2299 or 3200-3299; or permission of the instructor.

[3220 {346} b. Nietzsche.]

3400 {332} b. Advanced Seminar in Japanese Politics. Spring 2016. Henry C. W. Laurence.

Analyzes the political, social, and cultural underpinnings of modern politics, and asks how democracy works in Japan compared with other countries. Explores how Japan has achieved stunning material prosperity while maintaining among the best health care and education systems in the world, high levels of income equality, and low levels of crime. Students are also instructed in conducting independent research on topics of their own choosing. (Same as Asian Studies 3300 {332}.)]

Prerequisite: Asian Studies 2320 {282} (same as Government 2450 {232}).

[3500 {321} b. Social Protest and Political Change.]

3510 {324} b. Post-Communist Pathways. Spring 2015. Laura A. Henry.

Explores growing political, economic, and cultural diversity within the post-communist region after the enforced homogeneity of the Communist era. Considers the essential features of Communism and asks why these systems collapsed, before examining more recent developments. What are the factors promoting growing variation in the region? Why have some post-communist states joined the European Union, while others appear mired in authoritarianism? Do the institutional and cultural legacies of Communism influence contemporary politics? More than twenty years after the collapse of Communist regimes in East Central Europe and the Soviet Union, is “post-communism” still a useful concept for social scientists? Examines contemporary scholarship on the sources of change and continuity in the region and offers students the opportunity to undertake individual research projects.

[3520 {325} b. State-Building in Comparative Perspective.]

3560 {336} b. Advanced Seminar in Comparative Political Economy. Spring 2015. Henry C. W. Laurence.

Studies the relationship between governments and markets in policy areas including health care, education, social welfare and income inequality, media regulation, financial markets, economic growth and employment, etc. Focuses on advanced industrial democracies including the United Kingdom, United States, and Japan.

Prerequisite: Two classes in comparative politics from: Government 1020-1029, 1400, 2400-2599, 3400-3599.

3570 b. Advanced Seminar in African Politics. Spring 2015. Ericka A. Albaugh.

The continent of Africa boasts some of the most rapidly growing economies in the world, but the proportion of people living in poverty remains higher than in any other region. Nearly all African states experimented with democratic reform in the last two decades, but many leaders have become adept at using political institutions to entrench their power. Most large-scale civil wars have ended, but violence remains. Explores the economic, political, and security challenges of this continent of contrasts. Topics include poverty and economic growth, the “resource curse,” democratic institutions, civil society, ethnic relations, state failure, foreign assistance, and intervention. (Same as Africana Studies 3570.)

Prerequisite: Government 2530 {222}(same as Africana Studies 2530 {222}) or History 2364 {264} (same as Africana Studies 2364 {264}); or permission of the instructor.

3600 {361} b. Advanced Seminar in International Relations: Conflict Simulation and Conflict Resolution. Fall 2014. Christian P. Potholm.

An upper-level interdisciplinary seminar on the nature of both international and national conflict. A variety of contexts and influence vectors are examined and students are encouraged to look at the ways conflicts can be solved short of actual warfare, as well as by it.

3610 {363} b. Advanced Seminar in International Relations: Law, Politics, and the Search for Justice. Spring 2015. Allen L. Springer.

Examines the complex relationship between law and policy in international relations by focusing on two important and rapidly developing areas of international concern: environmental protection and humanitarian rights. Fulfills the environmental studies senior seminar requirement. (Same as Environmental Studies 3963 {363}.)

3901 b. Latin American–United States Relations. Fall 2014. Joseph S. Tulchin.

Seminar. Enhances understanding of Latin America by examining the foreign relations of the nations in the hemisphere with a special focus on relations with the United States. Begins with independence and concludes with the contemporary struggle by the nations in the region for autonomy in the international system. Class discussions explore weekly readings. Participants should have some background in the history of the United States and Latin America. Students are expected to write an original research paper. (Same as History 3271 and Latin American Studies 3171.)

4000–4004 {401–404} b. Advanced Independent Study in Government and Legal Studies: American Politics. The Department.

4005–4009 {401–404} b. Advanced Independent Study in Government and Legal Studies: Political Theory. The Department.

4010–4014 {401–404} b. Advanced Independent Study in Government and Legal Studies: Comparative Politics. The Department.

4015–4019 {401–404} b. Advanced Independent Study in Government and Legal Studies: International Relations. The Department.

4029 {405} b. Advanced Collaborative Study in Government and Legal Studies. The Department.

4050–4051 b. Honors Project in Government and Legal Studies: American Politics. The Department.

4055–4056 b. Honors Project in Government and Legal Studies: Political Theory. The Department.

4060–4061 b. Honors Project in Government and Legal Studies: Comparative Politics. The Department.

4065–4066 b. Honors Project in Government and Legal Studies: International Relations. The Department.


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